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Conference on Union and Disunion

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Comparing Political Unions in the Late Medieval and Early Modern World, 1350-1801
Thursday, September 19, 2013Saturday, September 21, 2013

Ruggles Hall

Organized by Robert I. Frost, University of Aberdeen
Center for American History and Culture Programs
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Early Modern Studies Program

The study of political union in the late medieval and early modern periods is too often carried out within a conceptual framework derived from models of national statebuilding, in which the unitary nation state is seen as the goal of political development and individual unions are studied in isolation. This conference takes political union out of the national schema and explores the forces that created, sustained, and broke political unions in a comparative context.


Schedule


Thursday, September 19


6 pm: Plenary lecture


The Making of the Polish-Lithuanian Union, 1385-1569
Robert I. Frost, University of Aberdeen


7 - 7:50 pm: Reception


Friday, September 20


8:30 am: Coffee and continental breakfast


9 am: Session 1. Concepts of Union


Chair: Robert I. Frost, University of Aberdeen


The Monarchical Union of Monarchical Unions: How Composite Was the Habsburg Composite State?


Petr Mat’a, University of Vienna


Ulster and the Anglo-Scottish Union


James Smyth, University of Notre Dame


Federalism and Union in the Early Nineteenth-Century United States


Alison LaCroix, University of Chicago


10:30 am: Coffee


11 am: Session 2. Making Unions 1: The Origins of Unions


Chair: Graeme Small, University of Durham


Regnal Sovereignty and the Creation of Unions in the Thirteenth Century: Some Scottish Examples


Dauvit Broun, University of Glasgow


The Origins of the Kalmar Union


Jens E. Olesen, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University Greifswald


What to Make of the Burgundian Union? Reactions to the Onset of Valois Rule in the Duchies of Brabant and Luxembourg


Pit Peporte, University of Luxembourg


12:30 pm: Catered lunch provided for all attendees


1:30 pm: Session 3. Making Unions 2: The Process of Union


Chair: Hamish Scott, University of Glasgow


The Burgundian Union


Graeme Small, University of Durham


The Role of Parliament in the Integration of Mazovia into the Kingdom of Poland


Jola Choińska-Mika, University of Warsaw


France as a Composite State


Jim Collins, Georgetown University


3 pm: Coffee


3:30 pm: Session 4. Union States: Centralism and Autonomy


Chair: Michael Brown, University of Aberdeen


Habsburg Monarchy


William O’Reilly, University of Cambridge


Ruthenians and the Union of Lublin, 1569: The Question of Ruthenian Autonomy


Karol Mazur, University of Warsaw


Union’s Empire and Empire’s Unions:The Uniting of the Kingdoms and Its Meanings for Empire in the Eighteenth-Century British World


Ned Landsman, SUNY Stony Brook


Saturday, September 21


8:30 am: Coffee and continental breakfast


9 am: Session 5. Breaking and Remaking Unions


Chair: Jim Collins, Georgetown University


The Kalmar Union


Biörn Tjällén, University of Bergen


Union and Disunion: Ireland and the English State, 1641-1660


Micheál Ó Siochrú, Trinity College Dublin


Ukraine and Poland-Lithuania


Frank E. Sysyn, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies


10:30 am: Coffee


11 am: - 12:30 pm: Roundtable discussion


Chair: Robert I. Frost, University of Aberdeen


Thomas Bartlett, University of Aberdeen
Constantin Fasolt, University of Chicago
Hamish Scott, University of Glasgow


Sponsored by the Centre for Early Modern Studies and the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen; the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies; the Dr. William M. Scholl Center for American History and Culture at the Newberry Library; the University of Notre Dame; and the Consulate General of the Replubic of Poland in Chicago; and supported by the British Academy and the Wolfson Foundation.


Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.


Cost and Registration Information 

This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration in advance is required.